Mark you calendars for February 5, 2014. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, Dec. 9,
This Monday-December 9th
Thingbig Pediatric Cancer Fund selected as Jeff Gordon Children’s foundation grant recipient
"Because A Cure Isn't Going To Rain From The Sky"
Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive in Hazleton
My Favorite Toy Exhibit and more!
PennDOT Marks Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, Provides Information on Available Services
The official lighting of the Lackawanna County Christmas tree will be held on Thursday, December 6, at 6 PM at the flag plaza on North Washington Avenue.
Organizers announce events for annual holiday tradition in Pottsville
The concert is a benefit for the Tamaqua Community Arts Center and the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation
Sponsoring a maple tree makes a great birthday or Christmas gift.
Pocono Mountain West High School 11th annual Pancake Breakfast will be held December 7
Attendees are asked to bring a canned food item, which will be donated to the Union County Children and Youth Services and distributed to local families in need during the holiday season.
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Breakfast with St. Nick and Friends on Dec. 14
Exhibition Opening and Artist’s Reception will be held on Saturday, December 7th, from 6 – 10 pm
Lackawanna County’s “Holiday On The Square” Set For December 6 & 7
World AIDS Day Educational Fundraiser at Wilkes University on Sunday Dec. 1st
The supplies will be redistributed to medical clinics and hospitals all around the world wherever there is a need
Rivers nominated are: Schuylkill in eastern Pennsylvania; Kiskiminetas-Conemaugh rivers in the southwest; Ohio in the west; Brodhead Creek Watershed in the northeast; and West Branch of the Susquehanna in the north central section of the state.
This week on campus
We say good bye to November and Hello to December this weekend.
The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will present its 2ndAnnual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace on Sunday December 1st, from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Enjoy the Sounds of the Season
Theater planning many productions for the new year.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30, any child 12 and under who brings an unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more will receive a free trolley ride. All of the toys will be donated to "Toys For Tots."
On Friday, December 6, Valley Middle School will host its 14th annual Hoops For Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for our youth.
Johnson College does one drafting project each school year for a community organization
The Greater Shenandoah Area Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring the Light Up the Park initiative
Fifty teams of first-year engineering students will share inquiry-based educational devices designed and constructed to interactively teach engineering and science concepts – such as motion, force, magnetism, and mechanical advantage – to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
If you missed the Open House you can hear the Skyliners on Saturday!
The Cooperage Farmers’ Market in Honesdale is one of the area’s first indoor, winter farmers’ markets
The concert presents music from Prince of Peace, Biddle’s collection of Christmas songs that joyfully celebrate the birth of Christ.
Toys for Tots
A run, walk and fundraiser will be held for Kristin Hoovler of Mountain Top
The contribution represents a grant from the PPL Blue Ribbon Marketing Partnerships Program in support of Penn’s Northeast’s Fall Festival
Generally referred to as a “CCAMPIS” grant, which stands for “Child Care Access Means Parents in School,” the funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and is awarded to help to make high-quality child care available to parents who are college students
Misericordia University presents Trustee Associates Award to Tambur family and Family Found
BU’s Celebrity Artist Series kicks off the holiday season with a jazz performance,
Hunger Awareness Week, Nov.17-24.
Plenty to see and do! Enjoy
“A Tuna Christmas” will open in the Courtyard Theater on Friday, November 29th
The Cooperage Project is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to build community through performance, learning, and good times & good works.
The concert will be held Friday, November 23 at 7:30 pm at Hazleton Area High School
First National Bank makes donation to Misericordia University Speech-Language Pathology Department through Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program
Southern Slow Cooker Stuffing
How to carve a turkey
A Salute to Our Veterans
Join Howard in the Test Kitchen everyday on Eyewitness News at Noon
Catfish with Bacon Stuffing
Country Mac and Cheese
Crispy Fried Meatloaf
Candy Bar Cheesecake
No Name Hallo-weenies
Homemade Doggie Bones
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Pork, Apples and Bacon
Wonton Eggdrop Soup
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Today's Buddy Check features Mary Rucco. We've been featuring our Buddy Check series since 2001. Ten years ago, we introduced you to a special woman named Mary Rucco , this breast cancer survivor credits "Buddy Check" for saving her life. We caught up with her all these years later and it turns out, she is living that life of hers to the fullest.
Health experts answer your questions during PA Live, Eyewitness News at 5, Six and 7 on WYOU
Call your Buddy! Also Join us on Monday, September 30 for a Special Buddy Check Call In Show!
There is a special place in Lackawanna County, just for a very special group of people. You might have never heard of it, and you'll probably never want to go there. But for the people who do, it is changing their lives dramatically, one weight at a time. Monica Madeja introduces us to these incredible ladies in this month's Buddy Check.
A local non-profit is making it easier to navigate through life-saving cancer screenings, for free.
Young minds can have pretty big ideas in the face of tragedy. "My mom got breast cancer so I just decided I wanted to help other people with the same disease," said Cole Winters, 12, of Kingston.
It's a drastic move that could save your life. A Lackawanna County woman talks about her decision to have a bi-lateral mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer.
If you live in Luzerne County, you have the unique opportunity to take part in a life-changing cancer study. But it won't just be your life that is affected.
Brian Russell is moving forward. Just two months after his vivacious 32-year-old wife died of breast cancer, he is planning perhaps the trip of his life-- a walk across America.
It's an event six years in the making and raising thousands for breast cancer research and awareness.
In this month's Buddy Check we're painting the slopes pink.
It is the 28th of the month, so time for our monthly Buddy Check Report.
This month we are introducing you to a lively lady battling breast cancer with her love for life and free spirit.
State Capitol Fountain Turns Pink as First Lady Susan Corbett Kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Today is the 28th of August and time for our Buddy Check report. The focus of our story a Luzerne County woman whose bout with breast cancer wasn't enough to keep her from opening her own business
This past weekend.. cancer fighters and survivors turned out for the
third annual fashion show to benefit Candy's Place, the free cancer
wellness center in Forty Fort.
In this month's Buddy Check, Kyla Campbell introduced us to some of the women who took part in the show.
A breast cancer survivor says free services at Candy's Place continue to help her nearly two years after her diagnosis.
A wife, mother, and professional photographer from Lackawanna County continues working through chemotherapy treatments, after getting diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.
We meet a woman from the Poconos who counted on her family, friends, and customers at Chat-N-Chew Cafe in the Blakeslee area to help have a humorous outlook after her breast cancer diagnosis.
A new documentary is helping breast cancer patients know what to expect during chemotherapy, after a mastectomy, and how to celebrate life after cancer.
Candy's Place Center for Cancer Wellness is organizing a fundraiser relay run during breast cancer awareness month, called "Do the Ten."
A Luzerne County woman and her doctors are learning more about a new breast-related condition called PASH.
Dr. William Prebola of Commonwealth Health talks about acute inpatient rehabilitation.
Dr. Kirk Hinkley and Gary McIntyre talk about Lackawanna ambulance and Commonwealth Health. Commonwealth Health online: www.commonwealthhealth.net
Dr. Mike Mandarano from commonwealth health talks about primary care physicians.
Dr. John Farrell from the Moses Taylor Hospital talks about breast density and advanced breast scans. Commonwealth Health online: www.commonwealthhealth.net
Chris Carone and Jenn Palauskas from Commonwealth Health, talk about cancer prevention. Commonwealth Health online: www.commonwealthhealth.net.
Jamy Powell and Lisa Capizzi from Commonwealth Health talk about the Breast Imaging Center. Commonwealth Health Online: www.commonwealthhealth.net Breast Imaging Center: 1-800-838-WELL
Jamy Powell and Kim Pellicano talk about the success of Commonwealth Health's Mammothon. Commonwealth Health Online: www.commonwealthhealth.net
Dr. Nate Greczek and Dr. Sarah Sitoski join PA Live to talk about this weeks Healthbeat.
Jamy Powell and Lisa Capizzi talk about the success of the breast imaging center of excellence at the Thomas P Saxton Pavillion.
Elane Walker, from Commonwealth Health, joins us for the Healthbeat.
Dr. Akosh Agarwal from Penn State Hershey / Commonwealth Health talks about brain aneurisms.
Gretchen Eagen of Regional Hospital of Scranton talks about their upcoming nursing open house.
Dr.'s Samir and Dipti Pancholy of Commonwealth Health and Jack Walsh of Mended Hearts talk about how to best fight heart disease.
Dr. Ben Montgomery from the Berwick Hospital / Commonwealth Health talks about their labor and delivery department.
Gary Prezkop and Dr. Dinesh Talati from Commonwealth Health talk about sleep apnea, and sleep issues in this week's edition of the Healthbeat.
Commonwealth Home Health & Hospice stops by to explain hospice care.
Sandy Rochon from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital stops by to talk about stroke awareness.
Dr. Charoltte Casterline from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital talks about allergies, and how you can get relief.
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital's registered dieticians: Cheryl Hartman, Amy Yachera and Ann Ostrowski talks about healthy diets.
Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers are being recalled due to impact hazard, the sun toy can snap.
About 400,000 units in the U.S. have been sold and 8,500 in Canada.
Description: This recall includes Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers with model number 90564. The model number can be found on a tag attached to the underside of the seat. These stationary activity centers have a support seat covered in blue fabric attached to a large white metal frame and include a variety of brightly colored toys surrounding the seat. The yellow sun toy is attached to the seat frame on a flexible stalk with either three or five brightly colored rings. A date code is located in the lower right corner of the sewn in label on the back of the blue seat pad. The following date codes, indicating a manufacture date prior to November 2011, are included in the recall: OD0, OE0, OF0, OG0, OH0, OI0, OJ0, OK0, OL0, OA1, OB1, OC1, OD1, OE1, OF1, OG1, OH1, OI1, OJ1 and OK1.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 100 reports of incidents including 61 injuries. Reported injuries include bruises, lacerations to the face, a 7-month-old boy who sustained a lineal skull fracture and a chipped tooth to an adult.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Kids II for a replacement toy attachment.
Sold at: Target, Toys R Us and other retails stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com between May 2010 and May 2013 for about $90.
Importer: Kids II Inc., of Atlanta, Ga.
For more information on this recall you can go to; http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Kids-II-Recalls-Baby-Einstein-Activity-Jumpers or
Consumer Contact: Kids II toll-free at (877) 325-7056 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.kidsii.com, then click on the Recall link at the bottom of the page for more informa
These days, parents, student athletes and coaches are much more aware of the long-term medical problems that concussions can cause. Fortunately, many efforts are being made to protect kids from head injuries.
Sports equipment companies have jumped on the bandwagon and have improved the protection their helmets and pads offer. However, some of these newer products, like football helmets, are quite expensive. Parents want to know if these more expensive football helmets actually offer more protection. According to a new study, just because a helmet may be heavier and more expensive, it will not lower a player's risk of concussion.
Why is that? It could be because a helmet doesn't keep the brain from moving around in the skull. It may offer better protection against a skull fracture, but that doesn't necessarily correlate with concussion.
A study of more than 1,300 players on football teams at 36 Wisconsin high schools found that players wearing older helmets received just as much protection from concussion as players with flashy new models, said study author Timothy McGuine, senior scientist and research coordinator for the University of Wisconsin Health Sports Medicine Center in Madison.
"The helmet technology is advanced as it can be. They've done a wonderful job. We don't have skull fractures in football," he said. "But I don't know how much padding can be put in to prevent the brain from sloshing around inside the cranium."
This research, to be presented Saturday at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's annual meeting in Chicago, comes at a time when some sports equipment manufacturers are marketing expensive football helmets amid claims that they offer better protection against concussion than earlier models, McGuine said.
"They're all being touted as the next best thing to prevent sports injuries, and it really puts the squeeze on athletic directors and coaches," he said. "Some companies are go
You may not want to think about it just yet, but the first day of school will be here before you know it. In about 6 weeks kids will be lining up and entering classrooms to start another school year.
I started wearing glasses when I was around 12 years old. I either broke or lost them on a pretty regular basis.
One of the most popular gifts at a baby shower is the baby rattle, a toy that has been used since antiquity.
With the end of another school year and summer knocking at the front door lots of kids will be outside doing what kids do- playing. These are the months when a child's boredom level has a short fuse and they can easily be persuaded to ramp up a little danger and excitement when playing with friends.
ATVs (all terrain vehicles) can offer just such a challenge, along with dirt bikes, regular bikes and skateboards. All of the transportation apparatuses listed here can offer a lot of fun and excitement on long summer days. But, as a parent, you already know that they can also be quite dangerous when adults aren't around to supervise activities. Of course, having an adult nearby is no guarantee that safety will prevail if they themselves aren't acting responsibly. But let's assume they are and they want their child to have fun and be safe.
Of all the activities listed above, ATVs bring their own particular set of safety concerns. While you most likely won't be present the entire time your child is riding his or her bike through the neighborhood, you should be present if your child is on a dirt bike or an ATV. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that ATVs continue to be the fourth most deadly product the CPSC oversees, with more than 700 ATV-related deaths per year.
CPSC notes that in 2011, ATV "related deaths decreased. However, the number of estimated injuries per year remains at more than 107,000, with an increase in estimated injuries to children younger than 16 years of age to 29,000. More than half of these injuries were suffered by children younger than 12.
There are some basic guidelines on ATV safety that every parent of a child who is going to be riding one of these vehicles needs to insist upon. This list is a compilation from CPSCs website on ATV safety and ClassBrain.com.
- Do not allow children younger than 16 to drive or ride on adult ATVs. The American Academy of Pediatric
If you have a couch, easy chair, foam pillow (including those used for breastfeeding), mattress, mattress pad, futon, car seat, carpet padding or any other product made with PBDEs before 2005 in your house, you could be exposing your child to chemicals that may possibly lower his or her intelligence and / or lead to hyperactivity.
PBDEs are polybrominated diphenyl ethers used for decades as fire retardants in common products such as carpeting, baby strollers and electronics.
In a recent study, PBDEs have been associated with hyperactivity and lower intelligence in children. PBDEs were mostly withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2004, but remain present in many consumer products bought before then.
"In animal studies, PBDEs can disrupt thyroid hormone and cause hyperactivity and learning problems. Our study adds to several other human studies to highlight the need to reduce exposure to PBDEs in pregnant women," study author Dr. Aimin Chen, an assistant professor in the department of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release.
For their study, researchers examined the PBDE levels in blood samples from 309 pregnant women and followed up with intelligence and behavior tests on the womens children each year until they were 5 years old.
Researchers found that PBDE exposure in the womb was associated with hyperactivity at ages 2 to 5, and with lower intelligence at age 5. A tenfold increase in PBDE exposure during pregnancy was related to about a four-point IQ deficit in 5-year-old children.
The results of the research did not prove a cause and effect relationship with hyperactivity and lower intelligence scores in the children, but did show a possible association.
Many households contain items that were purchased before the PBDE ban in 2004. Oftentimes these products are handed down from one family member to another (especially childrens
Just as softball season is swinging into high gear, the world's most famous baseball bat maker is issuing a recall.
The Louisville Slugger OneX Fastpitch Softball Bat is recalled because the bat's barrel can separate from the handle during use and strike people nearby.
The recalled bats include all OneX style bats. The composite bat has a white and grey shell with blue and yellow lettering. "Louisville Slugger oneX" appears twice on the barrel, in yellow in one place and in blue lettering on the other side. The "X" is yellow in both places.
Approximately 170 bat handle separations have been reported to the company. The company is aware of one report of a barrel from a broken bat hitting a player in the shin.
There are about 13,000 bats affected by the recall.
The bats were sold nationwide at sporting goods, other retail stores and distributed to college amateur competitive softball teams from approximately May 2012 through February 2013 for about $350.
Consumers should immediately stop using the bat and contact Hillerich & Bradsby for a free replacement bat and the choice of an additional free item.
You can contact Hillerich & Bradsby at (800) 282-2287 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.slugger.com and click on Recall for more information.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to a product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. You can contact them online at SaferProducts.gov to furnish information about your experience with the bat.
Because of all the publicity, you might naturally think that most underage drinking deaths are related to driving while intoxicated. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) wants parents to know that the dangers of underage drinking are even greater off the roadways.
MADD analyzed 2010 data from the FBI, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on deaths related to underage alcohol use.
What they found may surprise you. The study showed that only 32 percent of underage drinkers died from traffic related deaths. 68 percent were from other causes. Researchers found that 30 percent died from homicides, 14 percent from suicide, 9 percent from alcohol poisoning and 15 percent from other causes.
"As parents, we are definitely aware of the dangers of drinking and driving," says MADD national President Jan Withers. "I think we're not as educated about all the dangers that drinking before age 21 can be related to. And they're very, very real."
Child health experts agree that talking with your child about alcohol use should begin before they are at the age where temptation and availability are present. That can range anywhere from pre-teen to college age. Its never too late to have that discussion.
Sometimes parents mistakenly believe that if a child is introduced to alcohol drinking in the home that its much safer for them. They believe that their kids are in a controlled environment and not on the road afterwards. But as the analysis shows, being on the road isnt the only concern parents should be thinking and talking about.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that one-quarter of people ages 12-20 (9.7 million children) reported drinking within the previous month. Among those who did not illegally buy booze themselves, 21.4 percent were supplied alcohol from parents, guardians or other adult
Should expectant mothers buckle up and make sure the air bag is turned on before driving or riding in a car? Absolutely say researchers in a recent study by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
Many women are concerned that, in case of an accident, seat belts and /or air bags might harm their unborn child, but according to the study, expectant mothers who are not restrained during a car crash are more likely to lose the pregnancy than those who are.
According to the March of Dimes, nearly 170,000 pregnant women are involved in a motor vehicle accident each year.
"One thing we're always concerned about is (educating) patients on seatbelt use," said Dr. Haywood Brown, the chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center and senior author of the new study.
"Nonetheless, like all individuals, some choose and some do not choose to wear their seatbelt," he added.
For the study, Brown and his colleagues searched through the trauma registry at Duke University Hospital. They found 126 cases of women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters that had been in a car crash and were cared for at the hospital between 1994 and 2010.
What they discovered was that 86 mothers were wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred. Of that group, 3.5 percent or (3) fetuses died.
12 mothers were not wearing a seat belt. Of the unrestrained group, 25 percent or (3) fetuses died.
"The bottom line is, you've got to wear your restraint because it decreases the risk not only for your injuries but injury to your child," Brown told Reuters Health.
Where should the seat belt be placed? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that the seat belt be fitted low across the hipbones and below the belly.
The March of Dimes offers more seat belt and air bag guidelines for pregnant women:
One thing you can count on when Easter rolls around is an abundance of egg-shaped treats on the grocery shelves. This holiday though, one of the most popular types of Easter candy is being recalled.
Zachary Confections Inc. is recalling its Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs after the testing of one lot detected salmonella.
The company said in a press release that it is recalling all lots of the product out of an abundance of caution.
"We are dedicated to manufacturing wholesome products for our customers," said George Anichini, Vice President " Operations of Zachary Confections. "Consistent with that dedication, we are taking this voluntary action."
No illnesses have been recorded in connection with the recall.
The recalled product was manufactured on February 20-21 and shipped to stores in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. No other Zachary Confections products are included in the recall, the company said.
If you do not live in one of these states, but plan on visiting one during the holiday " its a good idea to have the UPC codes listed below.
Also, family and friends will sometimes mail these kinds of treats to children at Easter time as a gift. Parents should examine any chocolate covered marshmallow eggs they receive to make sure that it is not the recalled product.
The recall includes chocolate-coated marshmallow eggs packaged in white egg crates with purple, green and yellow lettering. They include the cases with a UPC code of 1 00 75186 31797 3 and the individual unit UPC code 075186 15797 8. The treats have a Best Buy date of Feb. 14, 2014.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stopped the production of this product while an investigation continues on the possible source of the contamination.
If you have this product, it should be destroyed or returned to the purchase place for a refund. For more information, call (765) 654-8356 be
Important news for pregnant women arrives just in time. A new study provides evidence that pregnant women who get the flu shot do not increase the risk of fetal death.
Fifty years ago U.S. heath officials began recommending that pregnant women get the flu shot after the flu pandemic took the lives of so many mothers-to-be. For many years there was concern that the flu shot could cause harm or even death to the developing fetus. This study adds another layer to the many studies done researching whether the flu vaccine and fetal harm exists.
This is the largest study dedicated to looking at the safety and benefits of flu vaccination during pregnancy. "This is the kind of information we need to provide our patients when discussing that flu vaccine is important for everyone, particularly for pregnant women," said Dr. Geeta Swamy, a researcher who studies vaccines and pregnant women at Duke University Medical Center.
Fetal deaths were rare during the study with most occurring in pregnant women who already had the flu. "Vaccination itself was not associated with increased fetal mortality and may have reduced the risk of influenza-related death during the pandemic" of 2009, said the studys team, led by Dr. Siri Haberg of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo.
U.S. experts agree that influenza can be very dangerous in pregnant women.
The study was conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. It tracked pregnancies in Norway in 2009 and 2010 during an international epidemic of a new swine flu strain. Among nearly 26,000 women vaccinated during pregnancy - usually during the second or third trimester - there were 78 fetal deaths, or three per 1,000 pregnancies.
Among about 87,000 pregnant women who were not vaccinated, there were 414 fetal deaths, or close to five per 1,000 pregnancies.
Among all women, vaccination during the study period reduced the likelihood of fetal death by 12 percent, but th
Fisher-Price in co-operation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling its Rock N Play Infant Sleepers because of 600 reports of mold, posing a risk to infants sleeping in the product.
The CPSC advises that mold has been associated with respiratory illnesses and other infections. Although mold is not present at the time of purchase, mold growth can occur after use of the product.
Incidents/Injuries: Fisher-Price has received 600 reports of mold on the product. Sixteen consumers have reported that their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product.
Description: This recall to inspect includes all Fisher-Price Rock N' Play infant recliner seats called sleepers. The sleeper is designed for babies up to 25 pounds and is composed of a soft plastic seat held by a metal rocking frame. The product has a removable, fabric cover that is sold in 14 patterns and color palettes.
Sold at: Mass merchandise stores nationwide and online since September 2009 for between $50 and $85. Units currently in retail stores are not affected by this recall to inspect. Only products that show signs of mold after use by consumers are included in this announcement.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately check for mold under the removable seat cushion. Dark brown, gray or black spots can indicate the presence of mold. If mold is found, consumers should immediately stop using the product. Consumers can contact Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions or further assistance. Cleaning and care instructions can also be found at www.service.mattel.com or by contacting the firm.
Consumer Contact: Fisher-Price; at (800) 432-5437, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.service.mattel
There's been a lot of talk, especially during the recent holidays, about driving and drinking. But another less discussed cause of accidents and fatalities on the road involves people who are driving tired and fall asleep at the wheel. In a sleep- deprived country like ours, you can bet there are plenty of people driving who shouldn't be. Some of those drivers are parents, caregivers and grandparents with kids in the car.
A new study found that slightly more than 4% of adults admit to having fallen asleep while driving. Though 4.2 % said they actually fell asleep behind the wheel, researchers say they believe that the real number is much higher because many people don't remember dozing off. In 2009, an estimated 730 deadly motor vehicle accidents involved a driver who was either sleepy or dozing off, and an additional 30,000 crashes that were nonfatal involved a drowsy driver. Accidents involving sleepy drivers are more likely to be deadly or cause injuries, in part because people who fall asleep at the wheel either fail to hit their brakes or veer off the road before crashing.
Anne G. Wheaton, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, led a study looking at 147,000 adults in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Wheaton and her colleagues found that men were more likely to report drowsy driving than women. They also noted that about 1.7 % were in the age range between 8-44 years old while 5% were 65 and older.
Scientists said that too few hours of good sleep and snoring were independently associated with the likelihood of drowsing driving. Snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea, which causes intermittent pauses in breathing at night.
Dr. Wheaton noted that people who fall asleep at the wheel may do it so quickly - and briefly - that it fails to register.
"It doesn't mean that you put your head down and start snoring," she said. "You might just close your eyes
Just like many Americans, I cannot stop thinking about the recent school shootings in Newtown and I continue to see the faces of the victims, despite the fact that I have stopped watching any media coverage as it is just too difficult.
But, with every 5, 6 and 7 year old child I see, I am reminded of the fragility of life. I am also reminded about gun safety and the need to teach parents that the safest home for children and teens is one without guns.
I will start this off admitting that I am not a hunter or a gun owner. Although I am the parent of 3 sons, while they hunt, they would not be considered active hunters. Like many of our friends, we did not have the alerts on our calendars set for the beginning of dove or deer season, and the only turkey they have hunted is in the grocery store.
We do not own guns and I am not comfortable around guns. I guess my children are not gun enthusiasts either and need more education. My youngest son has 12 stitches in his brow from a scoping accident on Thanksgiving Day several years ago. This accident occurred while he with his big brothers shooting skeet at a friend's farm. That phone call alone was scary enough for me. Mom there has been an accident followed by iPhone pictures of his injury. Thankfully we know a friendly plastic surgeon who stitches at home on holidays!
I see no need for guns to be kept at home. If parents do have guns they need to be locked in a gun safe! Despite this recommendation, according to the AAP, 38% of American households own guns, and in households with children under the age of 18, many guns remained unlocked. The presence of guns in the home is known to increase the risk of death from suicide or homicide, so why do parents not worry?
I also know that teens, especially teenage boys who have any history of anger issues, depression or mental illness DO NOT need to
The holidays are filled with joy, family, friends and presents. A popular present many families give themselves is a new TV. The old TV is sometimes regulated to the bedroom or guest room. While many of the newer models are lighter than the older ones, they can still crush a young child. Too often these TVs are not anchored well and sit on an eye-level stand.
A new report issued by The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes that 43,000 people have been injured by falling TV sets, with 59% of injuries being children.
CPSC urges parents of young children, to anchor their TV sets properly to help prevent these injuries. "We know that low-cost anchoring devices are effective in preventing tip-over incidents. I urge parents to anchor their TVs, furniture and appliances and protect their children. It takes just a few minutes to do and it can save lives," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.
Between 2000 and 2011, 349 people were killed due to TVs or furniture falling on them. Sadly 84 % of those deaths were children younger than 9 years old. Many of the injuries were caused when the television set fell directly on the childs head.
Public education had helped lower these statistics over the years, but the numbers in 2011 showed a sharp increase. In 2009 there were 27 deaths reported, in 2010 the number was slighter higher at 31 deaths and in 2011 the numbers jumped to 41. The size of televisions are also increasing, its not uncommon for sets to be 60 to 80 inches wide.
Reports show that many television related fatalities occur in bedrooms rather than living rooms. Many of the older and heavier sets are put in the bedroom and not secured.
A related study published in 2002 had found that the majority of television-tipping related accidents occur when toddlers are left unsupervised around the television sets.
New furniture and televisions are exciting and we can get in a hurry setting them up " be sure to secure
I cannot stop thinking about the horrific tragedy in Newtown Connecticut. As a parent, my heart is broken for the families in Newtown whose children, brothers, sisters and mothers were killed. There really are no words to express the emotions we all have.
At the same time, I worry about the many children who have seen or continue to see the images of this massacre. Unfortunately, there continue to be mass shootings and tragedies that monopolize the news on air, online and in print making it hard to shield young children. The news never stops and these events are all too common.
But a parent's job continues to be to try and make sure that children feel safe and secure. Although it seems to be harder and harder to do these days, parents must continue to protect their children both physically and emotionally. This means telling your child to wear their seat belt, lock the door when you leave the house, wear your bike helmet, and to never play with matches...the list goes on and on.
It also means having age appropriate discussions with your children about stranger danger, weather related disasters and now school lockdowns. The discussions surrounding this latest national tragedy should be tailored to the age of the child, but regardless of their age, I think the discussion should always end with, mommies and daddies are here to love and protect you and that will never change.
There is no way to process this tragedy nor is there a guide as to how to go forward. Despite all of the news stories there are no answers, but only questions as to why?
Hug your children, maybe grab an extra kiss and be thankful for your family. Let us also say a prayer for the community of Newtown, both those who were lost and for the living, for their grief is unimaginable.
I recently saw a TV segment on blinging your baby and toddler. It seems that the latest craze is decking out not only little girls, but also little boys. Being the mother of three sons I can understand wanting to dress up boys as well (little boy clothes can be a bit boring) but a few of the models on TV were wearing necklaces.
Now, a boy wearing a necklace doesn't bother me at all, but a baby or toddler with a necklace worries me! This isn't about gender, rather about safety.
A necklace is a real choking and strangling danger for babies and young children. I know that many parents receive necklaces for their babies on the occasion of a baptism and in some cultures an infant is given a necklace made of string or beads to wear soon after birth.
But, whenever a baby comes into my office with a necklace on I discuss the possibility, even if remote, of the child suffocating if the necklace gets caught or twisted around the child's neck. There is no reason to even risk it!
Baby bling is great if you want to put your child in cute shirts, hats, or even trendy jeans. Go for it! But I would never put a necklace on a child. It is akin to the adage about peanuts...when should a child be allowed to eat peanuts? When they can spell the word!
We pediatricians are no longer worried about peanut allergies in the young child, it is the choking hazard that is the real concern. It's the same for a necklace. Let your child wear it when they can spell the word, or put it on when your 3 year old plays dress up, but take it off once finished. There is no need to ever have a young child sleep in anything like a necklace, or anything that has a cord until they are much older.
Children ages 4 and under, and especially those under the age of 1 year, are at the greatest risk for airway obstruction and suffocation. So, put the necklace back in the jewelry box for awhile. You ca
They are everywhere. Cans marketed as energy drinks fill the beverage isles and cold drink containers at local grocery stores and quick stop markets all across the country. They have catchy names like Monster, Red Bull, Burn, Full-Throttle and Rockstar. What kid doesn't want to be a rock star?
The companies that produce these drinks say they are not meant for anyone under 18, and usually somewhere in the fine print you'll see a warning, but that's not stopping kids from consuming them.
According to Forbes.com, energy drinks make up a small portion of the beverage market, but they are the fastest growing segment. What's the reason for the growth spurt? Pre-teens and teens are giving them a try and like what they consume.
They do provide a kick of energy, mainly because they are loaded with caffeine. How much caffeine is in these drinks is under debate because many of the drinks are marketed as supplements. Supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) therefore companies are able to skirt-around the 0.02 percent of caffeine allowed in soda drinks.
Under FDA rules, soda can't contain more than 71 milligrams of caffeine in every 12 ounces. Some energy drinks, on the other hand, can contain as much as 500 milligrams per serving. Many of the drinks are also packed with sugar and sodium.
Along with the popularity of energy drinks with pre-teens and teens comes a sharp increase in cases of caffeine toxicity and overdose for this age group. But could too much caffeine cause a child to die?
The parents of Anais Fournier, a 14-year-old girl in Maryland, believe that's exactly what happened to their daughter. Anais drank two 24-ounce energy drinks while hanging out with her friends last December. She went into cardiac arrest the next day, and died six days later.
The teenager had a common heart condition known as mitral valve prolapse, which causes the heart valv
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